11/18/2012 11:39AM

Evangeline: Open Me a Corona uncatchable in $1 million Louisiana Breeders Futurity

Open Me a Corona, under David Alvarez, wins the $1 million Louisiana Breeders Futurity in 19.66 seconds for 400 yards.

Open Me a Corona won the first $1 million Quarter Horse race run in Louisiana on Saturday, when he led box to wire in the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Breeders Futurity at Evangeline Downs. The race was a restricted Grade 1.

Open Me a Corona ($8) broke sharply and covered the 400 yards for 2-year-olds bred in Louisiana in 19.66 seconds. Open Me a Corona won by a half-length over Logans Mountain, while it was another neck back in third to Perrys Runaway.

“When the bell rang, he blasted out,” said David Alvarez, who rode Open Me a Corona. “I hit him a few times left-handed in midstretch and he pulled clear and then I just hand rode him to the wire.”

The win was the biggest career victory for Alvarez, a 35-year-old native of Austin, Texas, whose 10-year riding career includes titles at Sam Houston Race Park and the shuttered Manor Downs in Austin.

Bobby Martinez trains Open Me a Corona. The horse earned $445,000 for the partnership of Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays.